American Bar Association
Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems
American Bar Association Energy and Resources Committees

Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems

Hot Topic Conference Call

Implications of the Robinson Township Decision for Hydraulic Fracturing in the U.S.

Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm Eastern

Mike McCann, Access Midstream (Moderator)
Professor John Dernbach, Widener University School of Law
Craig Wilson, K&L Gates

Sponsoring Committees:
Energy Infrastructure and Siting Committee
Climate Change, Sustainability, and Ecosystems Committee

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Program Materials:
Robinson Township v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Examination and Implications

Message from the Co-Chairs

The co-chairs and vice-chairs of the Committee encourage you to become actively involved in our programs and discussions and welcome you to enjoy the benefits of Committee membership. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions about the activities of the Committee, would like to become more involved with the projects we plan to undertake this year, or if you are interested in initiating a project not listed here.

Climate Change: Climate change continues to be a source of rapid developments in environmental law. Over the course of 2013 and 2014, EPA will propose new source performance standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing sources. These rulemakings will have significant impacts on the electric power generation sector and raise a number of important legal questions. There are also a range of other executive branch activities on greenhouse gases and climate change. Litigation related to these issues continues, including a recent grant of certiorari by the Supreme Court and pending cases in the D.C. Circuit and other courts of appeals.

Sustainable Development: The ABA House of Delegates recently adopted a resolution on sustainability, and a presidential-level ABA task force has been established to carry out the implementation of the resolution. The Committee will be working with the Task Force, and we will be looking for ways for our committee to support their activities. The Committee also continues to work to identify ways that lawyers can better advise clients on sustainability issues. For more information on these programs or if you have suggestions for other programs, contact our Sustainable Development Vice Chairs, Bill Blackburn or John C. Dernbach.

Social Media: The ABA’s Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources has a limited number of dedicated pages for subgroups on LinkedIn, and CCSDE was selected as one of those pages. We encourage all members of the Committee to join the group on LinkedIn and to join our conversations. We post useful information and updates and have had some great exchanges of views on the page. It’s a great way to stay in touch with your colleagues and contacts in this subject area as well. If you have questions, please contact our social media vice-chairs, Ruth Ivory-Moore and Caitlin Shields.

E-mail Updates: The Committee will continue sending updates to our members via the committee list serve as well as periodic e-mails on sustainable development and ecosystems news items. We hope this will keep our members abreast of recent developments in the field. If you have an update you would like to share with Committee members, or if you have any comments on the e-mail updates, please e-mail electronic communications vice-chairs Justin Smith and Eric Waeckerlin.

Programs and Public Service: The Committee will continue to develop excellent programming, including proposals for the Section Fall Meeting and Annual Conference on Environmental Law, regional programming, and responsive Quick Teleconferences and webinars.

Committee Newsletter: The Committee plans to publish four quarterly newsletters during the coming year. If you are interested in submitting an article or have an idea you would like to discuss, please contact our Newsletter Vice Chairs Julia Latham, Victor Baltera, and Bill Smalling.

The Year In Review: Each year, the Committee contributes a section on climate change, sustainable development, and ecosystems to the ABA SEER The Year in Review. This publication provides an excellent summary of the most significant events in the field. If you are interested in working on The Year in Review for our Committee, please contact our The Year in Review Vice Chairs, Dianne Callan, Jennifer Drust, and Joe Siegel.

Committee Information

Welcome to the homepage of the Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems Committee (CCSDE). Our committee is a cross-practice committee within the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Our goal is to make the Committee a premier source of information and a forum for discussion on the law and policies related to climate change, sustainable development, and ecosystems. The coming year will be a very exciting one in these fields and our Committee will continue to be on the forefront of new developments.

Committee Resources

Law of Adaptation to Climate Change, The: United States and International Aspects
The laws that attempt to reduce climate change are well known. But what about laws to deal with the climate change that will occur regardless of these... more

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Committee Co-Chairs

Co-Chairs:  Shannon S Broome, Margaret Elizabeth Peloso

Committee Roster (642 total members)

2013-2014 Climate Change Committee Leadership

View the full roster of Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems Committee leadership.

Sustainability Framework for Law Organizations

Key law firms have adopted the Framework, which includes a model policy, guidelines and useful references and has been supported by CERES organization. The Framework embraces sustainability's so-called Triple Bottom Line of social, economic and environmental responsibility that has been promoted in an ABA resolution and is popular among major corporations, governments and NGOs.

Links of Interest

Climate Change News Digests
NY Times Topics
Yahoo News
Science Daily
Climate Change News
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Other Links of Interest

Organizations Active in the Emissions Market
Cantor Fitzgerald
Environmental Resources Trust
Environmental Markets Association
Evolution Markets, L.L.C.
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